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2 Corinthians 8:1–11

The Collection for the Lord’s People

8 And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedoniang churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.h For I testify that they gave as much as they were able,i and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharingj in this servicek to the Lord’s people.l And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. So we urgedm Titus,n just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completiono this act of grace on your part. But since you excel in everythingp—in faith, in speech, in knowledge,q in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in youa—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

I am not commanding you,r but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. For you know the graces of our Lord Jesus Christ,t that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor,u so that you through his poverty might become rich.v

10 And here is my judgmentw about what is best for you in this matter. Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so.x 11 Now finish the work, so that your eager willingnessy to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.

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